I thought filmmaking was a fantasy. It was just something I played growing up as a boy. I only knew Hollywood as someplace we went for summer vacations.
Thanks to my parents, I loved the movies before I could walk. However as I grew up, I never considered that filmmaking could be a career. Only famous people like Hitchcock and Spielberg made films. So instead I majored in psychology and got an office job. But something was missing. I needed to make movies. After 5 years of corporate life, I quit to pursue my dream.
Becoming a filmmaker has been fulfilling in so many ways. I've worked with many wonderful artists -- and I've traveled the globe, screening my films to audience around the world. If you told me when I was that little kid in the Silicon Valley that I'd live in New York and Los Angeles for the sake of cinema, I would've laughed and said you were joking. And yet, here I am.
When not working, you can find me….oh who am I kidding, I’m working all the time now because I love what I do. I’ve got movies on the brain.
Gary King is an award-winning filmmaker whose work is known for powerful performances with an emphasis on a strong, visual style. He has written, directed and produced several critically acclaimed feature films.
His latest film, AMONG US (Horror/Thriller), a love story with a haunting twist, was picked up by Gravitas Ventures. Bloody Disgusting said it "looks crazy awesome" and it is now available in North America.
In 2012, he released HOW DO YOU WRITE A JOE SCHERMANN SONG which was short listed for the prestigious IFP Gothams Audience Award. It also claimed the coveted Film of the Festival award at the highly regarded Raindance Film Festival in London and won the Cox Audience Award along with the Dan Harkins Breakthrough Filmmaker Award at the Phoenix Film Festival. It has been described as “a rewarding, crowd-pleasing indie musical” (indieWIRE), “…good old-fashioned entertainment…” (Empire Magazine) and Twitch calls it “a hidden treasure.” The film was picked up by FilmBuff and is now available worldwide.
He also recently helmed the action/comedy zombie film DEATH OF THE DEAD for Strange Stuff Productions which Aint It Cool says “delivers a lot of laughs.” while Sound On Sight describes it as “a mash-up between a Zucker Brothers comedy and a Troma film…with a surprising amount of heart.”
His film WHAT’S UP LOVELY (PART ONE OF THE LONELINESS TRILOGY) had critics praising its visual elegance and outstanding performance by lead actress Jenn Dees.
He made his feature film debut with the ensemble drama NEW YORK LATELY which has been hailed by The Independent Critic as “a remarkable achievement” and Row Three as “a beautiful film” making its Top Ten Films of 2009 List.
Gary resides in Los Angeles, CA and is currently developing several film and series projects.
HOW DO YOU WRITE A JOE SCHERMANN SONG
Short listed for IFP’s Gotham Audience Award
Film of the Festival (Raindance Film Festival UK)
Dan Harkins Breakthrough Filmmaker Award (Phoenix Film Festival)
Cox Audience Award (Phoenix Film Festival)
Best Director (Flyway Film Festival)
Most Innovative Film (Ft. Lauderdale Int. Film Festival)
Best Film (Idyllwild Film Festival)
Best Director (Idyllwild Film Festival)
Best Soundtrack (Idyllwild Film Festival)